NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (April 26, 2016)—Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE:HII) announced today that Proteus, the dual-mode undersea vehicle developed by the company’s Undersea Solutions Group (USG) subsidiary and Battelle, successfully completed endurance testing earlier this month.

The 30-day simulated unmanned mission was performed in a test tank at USG’s Panama City, Florida, facility to demonstrate the vehicle’s reliability and ability to perform long-duration missions contemplated for the U.S. Navy’s future unmanned undersea vehicles.

Computers in a van beside the test tank fed navigational and depth data to Proteus’ autonomy and vehicle control systems to simulate the vehicle running a mission in open water. All systems necessary for an autonomous mission were operational and responded to commands. During the test, Proteus simulated traveling 2,412 nautical miles and ran submerged for 720 hours while executing a full range of simulated mission behaviors.

Computers in a van beside the test tank fed navigational and depth data to Proteus’ autonomy and vehicle control systems to simulate the vehicle running a mission in open water. All systems necessary for an autonomous mission were operational and responded to commands. During the test, Proteus simulated traveling 2,412 nautical miles and ran submerged for 720 hours while executing a full range of simulated mission behaviors.

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Proteus successfully completed a 30-day simulated unmanned mission earlier this month. The endurance testing was performed in a test tank at Undersea Solution Group’s Panama City, Florida, facility to demonstrate the vehicle’s reliability and ability to perform long-duration missions contemplated for the U.S. Navy’s future unmanned undersea vehicles. HII photo

“HII is committed to developing undersea technologies and systems that support the increased employment of UUVs in the future,” said Ross Lindman, USG’s vice president, operations. “This test helps provide reliability data and a technical foundation for development of a new generation of long-endurance UUVs to support the U.S. Navy.”

USG develops and builds specialized manned and unmanned undersea vehicles for military customers around the world. USG has built or converted specialized craft for a variety of purposes, including support of submersibles and submarines, special warfare, testing of mine warfare systems, torpedo countermeasures and more. Originally established in 1972, USG operates in Panama City Beach, Florida, and reports to HII’s Newport News Shipbuilding division.

Battelle is an industry leader in innovative and reliable undersea technology providing rapid development, transition and deployment of technologies to sustain U.S. under sea dominance.

About Huntington Ingalls Industries

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va., July 6, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (NYSE:HII) Undersea Solutions Group (USG) subsidiary made history in June as its two female divers became the first women to crew and drive a dual-mode underwater vehicle (DMUV). Chloe Mallet, an ocean engineer, and Andrea Raff, a mechanical engineer, crewed and operated USG’s Proteus, a submersible able to operate as a manned swimmer delivery vehicle (SDV) and as an unmanned undersea vehicle (UUV).

 

Mallet and Raff are certified as rescue divers. They have undergone extensive training with Proteus and assist with its maintenance. To prepare for operating the vehicle, the women trained in the company’s test tank and supported pre- and post-dives with USG’s more experienced pilots.

Mallet and Raff individually took Proteus out and co-piloted it in Florida’s Saint Andrews Bay with USG Vice President Ross Lindman as the pilot.

“The opportunity to jump in is exciting,” Mallet said. “We help with maintenance on the boat and learn as we go when it’s in the maintenance bay at the port, but this was the first time ever in the water. We’ll continue training as co-pilots and then pilot it with an experienced diver.”

Mallet and Raff are the only two women on USG’s seven-person dive team that works with Proteus. When in use in the manned mode, the vehicle is flooded with water and can submerge to depths up to 150 feet.

“I felt prepared, but it was still different than I thought it was going to be,” Raff said. “It’s pitch black inside, and all you can see is the computer screen and the buttons. We have testing for customers scheduled so it’ll be exciting to see how Proteus operates in the future with our customers.”

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Chloe Mallet (right), an ocean engineer at HII’s Undersea Solutions Group (USG) subsidiary, prepares to crew and drive the Proteus dual-mode underwater vehicle with USG Vice President Ross Lindman (left). Mallet and Andrea Raff (not pictured), a mechanical engineer at USG, are the first women to crew and drive a swimmer delivery vehicle. Photo by Joe Colamaria/HII

Proteus weighs 8,240 pounds and is designed to operate as a manned SDV or UUV. It can be used for integrating and testing payloads, transporting and installing equipment on the sea floor, inspecting undersea infrastructure, and transporting a team of combat swimmers and cargo.

Undersea Solutions Group develops and builds specialized manned and unmanned undersea vehicles for military customers around the world. Formerly The Columbia Group’s Engineering Solutions Division, USG has built or converted specialized craft for a variety of purposes, including support of submersibles and submarines, special warfare, testing of mine warfare systems, torpedo countermeasures and more. The division, originally established in 1972, reports to HII’s Newport News Shipbuilding division and operates in Panama City Beach, Florida.

Learn more about USG and watch a video of Proteus in action at: http://nns.huntingtoningalls.com/usg/.

About Huntington Ingalls Industries

Huntington Ingalls Industries is America’s largest military shipbuilding company and a provider of engineering, manufacturing and management services to the nuclear energy, oil and gas markets. For more than a century, HII’s Newport News and Ingalls shipbuilding divisions in Virginia and Mississippi have built more ships in more ship classes than any other U.S. naval shipbuilder. Headquartered in Newport News, Virginia, HII employs approximately 38,000 people operating both domestically and internationally. For more information, visit:

NEWPORT NEWS, Va., Feb. 5, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) —

What:Newport News Shipbuilding will host a media reception to discuss the Jan. 30 acquisition of The Columbia Group’s Engineering Solutions Division by Huntington Ingalls Industries, Newport News Shipbuilding’s parent company.
When:2-3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10
Where:Captain Anderson’s Restaurant and Market
 5551 N. Lagoon Drive
 Panama City, Fla. 32408
RSVP: Christie Miller, 757-380-3581 or [email protected]

The Columbia Group’s Engineering Solutions Division is a leading designer and builder of unmanned underwater vehicles for domestic and international customers. As of Jan. 30, ESD will operate as Undersea Solutions Group, a subsidiary of HII, and will report to Newport News Shipbuilding’s Submarine and Fleet Support division.

About Huntington Ingalls Industries

Huntington Ingalls Industries is America’s largest military shipbuilding company and a provider of manufacturing, engineering and management services to the commercial and non-commercial oil, gas and energy markets. For more than a century, HII’s Newport News and Ingalls shipbuilding divisions in Virginia and Mississippi have built more ships in more ship classes than any other U.S. naval shipbuilder. Headquartered in Newport News, Virginia, HII employs approximately 38,000 people operating both domestically and internationally. For more information, please visit www.huntingtoningalls.com.

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (Jan. 30, 2015) — Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE:HII) announced today that it has acquired the Engineering Solutions Division of The Columbia Group, a leading designer and builder of unmanned underwater vehicles for domestic and international customers. The value of the transaction is not being disclosed.

As a previous stand-alone division within The Columbia Group, ESD is headquartered in Panama City Beach, Fla., and employs about 30 engineers, analysts, craftsmen and technicians. While ESD’s primary customer is the U.S. Navy, the company develops and builds specialized manned and unmanned undersea vehicles for military customers around the world. It has built or converted specialized craft for a variety of purposes, including support of submersibles and submarines, special warfare, testing of mine warfare systems, torpedo countermeasures and more.

“ESD’s experience in designing and developing manned and unmanned submersibles is a natural extension of the submarine work we do at Newport News Shipbuilding,” said Matt Mulherin, HII corporate vice president and Newport News Shipbuilding president. “We believe the combination of Newport News and ESD expertise will enable us to compete successfully in the unmanned underwater vehicle market, and we are excited to welcome ESD to our team.”

ESD will operate as Undersea Solutions Group, a subsidiary of HII, and will report to Newport News Shipbuilding’s Submarine and Fleet Support division.

“As the Navy moves toward greater employment of unmanned vehicles in both the surface and undersea domains, it makes great strategic sense to bring together a builder of unmanned undersea vehicles and one of the world’s great builders of naval ships and submarines,” said Ross Lindman, ESD senior vice president. “Together, we can support the development of large and very large unmanned undersea vehicles and stay in step with the Navy as unmanned systems take on greater and more complex roles in the undersea battle space. The staff of ESD looks forward to joining Newport News Shipbuilding.”

About Huntington Ingalls Industries

Huntington Ingalls Industries is America’s largest military shipbuilding company and a provider of manufacturing, engineering and management services to the commercial and non-commercial oil, gas and energy markets. For more than a century, HII’s Newport News and Ingalls shipbuilding divisions in Virginia and Mississippi have built more ships in more ship classes than any other U.S. naval shipbuilder. Headquartered in Newport News, Va., HII employs approximately 38,000 people operating both domestically and internationally. For more information, please visit www.huntingtoningalls.com.

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